Wednesday 25th of November 2015
People who live close by Stansted Airport and by its flight paths are being asked to share their thoughts on proposals being organised to reduce the level of overflying by planes in their areas. The new plans are hoping to use new GPS technology which should allow aircraft to plot more accurate routes along fly paths, meaning that over 4000 fewer homes and residents are flown over by low flying planes.
The changes are specific to the Clacton 22 and Detling 04 departure routes and the flight paths they follow and the changes have already been piloted and trialled by the airport and their airline partners. The trial has been taking place for around 2 years and results have shown that 85% fewer people would be directly overflown by aeroplanes if the new procedure was put in place as standard as it has been designed to avoid towns in the neighbourhoods surround the airport such as Great Dunmow.
Residents in the local areas are able to visit the Stansted Airport website and log their opinions to share how they feel about the changes and this consultation is closing on 27th November so residents still have time to have their say.
Head of External Affairs at Stansted, Chris Wiggan, commented that ‘We believe this innovative project demonstrates significant and positive improvements for local residents around the airport.’ Choosing to live near an airport may be a thing of convenience or simply chance but at Stansted they are at least trying to make the problem of noise and other issues from low flying planes less of an issue for their neighbours.